Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money -- and love

TEDGlobal 2010

Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money -- and love

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What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: "they" need "our" help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of Kiva.org talks about how her attitude changed -- and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.

Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better

Fort Worth City Council

Joel Burns: A message to gay teens: It gets better

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In a courageous, intensely emotional talk at the city council in Fort Worth, Texas, councilman Joel Burns reaches out to the targets of teen bullying -- kids who are gay, perceived as gay, or just different -- with a vital message about their lives, and the harassment they face.

Ze Frank: My web playroom

TEDGlobal 2010

Ze Frank: My web playroom

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On the web, a new "Friend" may be just a click away, but true connection is harder to find and express. Ze Frank presents a medley of zany Internet toys that require deep participation -- and reward it with something more nourishing. You're invited, if you promise you'll share.

Natalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift

Business Innovation Factory

Natalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift

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Natalie Jeremijenko's unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers. These real-life experiments include: Walking tadpoles, texting "fish," planting fire-hydrant gardens and more.

Peter Haas: When bad engineering makes a natural disaster even worse

TED Senior Fellows at TEDGlobal 2010

Peter Haas: When bad engineering makes a natural disaster even worse

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What did the world learn from the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010? That shoddy buildings and bad planning can make a terrible situation even worse. "Haiti was not a natural disaster," says TED Fellow Peter Haas. "It was a disaster of engineering." The solution: Help builders on the ground get trained in modern engineering practices, so they can rebuild their country stronger, brick by brick.

Melinda Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola

TEDxChange

Melinda Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola

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Melinda Gates makes a provocative case: What can nonprofits learn from mega-corporations like Coca-Cola, whose global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants -- and can get -- an ice-cold Coke? Maybe this model could work for distributing health care, vaccinations, sanitation, even condoms ...

Stefano Mancuso: The roots of plant intelligence

TEDGlobal 2010

Stefano Mancuso: The roots of plant intelligence

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Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities ... But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso presents intriguing evidence.

Barbara Block: Tagging tuna in the deep ocean

Mission Blue Voyage

Barbara Block: Tagging tuna in the deep ocean

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Tuna are ocean athletes -- fast, far-ranging predators whose habits we're just beginning to understand. Marine biologist Barbara Block fits tuna with tracking tags (complete with transponders) that record unprecedented amounts of data about these gorgeous, threatened fish and the ocean habitats they move through.

Tim Jackson: An economic reality check

TEDGlobal 2010

Tim Jackson: An economic reality check

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As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future.

Inge Missmahl: Bringing peace to the minds of Afghanistan

TEDGlobal 2010

Inge Missmahl: Bringing peace to the minds of Afghanistan

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When Jungian analyst Inge Missmahl visited Afghanistan, she saw the inner wounds of war -- widespread despair, trauma and depression. And yet, in this county of 30 million people, there were only two dozen psychiatrists. Missmahl talks about her work helping to build the country's system of psychosocial counseling, promoting both individual and, perhaps, national healing.

Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome

TEDGlobal 2010

Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome

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Sebastian Seung is mapping a massively ambitious new model of the brain that focuses on the connections between each neuron. He calls it our "connectome," and it's as individual as our genome -- and understanding it could open a new way to understand our brains and our minds.

Gary Wolf: The quantified self

TED@Cannes

Gary Wolf: The quantified self

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At TED@Cannes, Gary Wolf gives a 5-min intro to an intriguing new pastime: using mobile apps and always-on gadgets to track and analyze your body, mood, diet, spending -- just about everything in daily life you can measure -- in gloriously geeky detail.

Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps

TEDGlobal 2010

Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps

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Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health -- even costing lives. He lays out an 8-step plan to soften this sonic assault (starting with those cheap earbuds) and restore our relationship with sound.

Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist

TEDGlobal 2010

Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist

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For the last eight years, pop singer Annie Lennox has devoted the majority of her time to her SING campaign, raising awareness and money to combat HIV/AIDS. She shares the experiences that have inspired her, from working with Nelson Mandela to meeting a little African girl in a desperate situation.

Mitchell Besser: Mothers helping mothers fight HIV

TEDGlobal 2010

Mitchell Besser: Mothers helping mothers fight HIV

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In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infections are more prevalent and doctors scarcer than anywhere else in the world. With a lack of medical professionals, Mitchell Besser enlisted the help of his patients to create mothers2mothers -- an extraordinary network of HIV-positive women whose support for each other is changing and saving lives.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

TEDGlobal 2010

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from

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People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

Caroline Phillips: Hurdy-gurdy for beginners

TEDGlobal 2010

Caroline Phillips: Hurdy-gurdy for beginners

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Caroline Phillips cranks out tunes on a seldom-heard folk instrument: the hurdy-gurdy, a.k.a. the wheel fiddle. A searching, Basque melody follows her fun lesson on its unique anatomy and 1,000-year history.

Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics

TED@Cannes

Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics

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After mapping humans' intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses (like H1N1).

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

TEDGlobal 2010

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation

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TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter ...

Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice

Mission Blue Voyage

Rob Dunbar: Discovering ancient climates in oceans and ice

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Rob Dunbar hunts for data on our climate from 12,000 years ago, finding clues inside ancient seabeds and corals and inside ice sheets. His work is vital in setting baselines for fixing our current climate -- and in tracking the rise of deadly ocean acidification.

Seth Godin: This is broken

Gel Conference

Seth Godin: This is broken

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Why are so many things broken? In a hilarious talk from the 2006 Gel conference, Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the 7 reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.

Ben Cameron: Why the live arts matter

TEDxYYC

Ben Cameron: Why the live arts matter

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How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet? Ben Cameron offers a bold look forward to a world where live arts matter more than ever -- to link humans together at a primal level of shared experience.

Carne Ross: An independent diplomat

Business Innovation Factory

Carne Ross: An independent diplomat

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After 15 years in the British diplomatic corps, Carne Ross became a "freelance diplomat," running a bold nonprofit that gives small, developing and yet-unrecognized nations a voice in international relations. At the BIF-5 conference, he calls for a new kind of diplomacy that gives voice to small countries, that works with changing boundaries and that welcomes innovation.